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“First time in Belfast, wanted to lunch in #1”

Holohans At The Barge
Ranked #3 of 1,155 Restaurants in Belfast
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$9 - US$47
Cuisines: Irish
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Holohan's is a family owned Irish restaurant situated on the Belfast Barge and permanently moored beside the Waterfront theatre and Queens Bridge in the heart of Belfast City. Holohan's unusual and picturesque setting is the perfect accompaniment to the unique dining experience, based around great Irish produce, recipes and warm, genuine Irish hospitality. Using classic recipes, updated with modern cooking techniques and some of the best local ingredients, the chefs at Holohan's produce food that is both nostalgic and contemporary. There is also a real focus on locally sourced craft beer, ale and cider, and a great selection of some unusual Irish whiskey's. As a family Holohan's has valued their gift for hospitality through three generations, the current owners grandmother, Sabina Holohan , encouraged the family to welcome guests "as if it were visiting your home." With modern life accelerating at such a fast pace, we often forget that the most important part of hospitality is to be hospitable, something for which the Irish have been renowned the world over. While there is an informal and relaxed ambience at Holohan's, the staff is nevertheless consummately professional, with a fantastic knowledge of our food, drinks and provenance. The Irish have a rich and wonderful culinary heritage, our extensive research has gathered a wealth of cooking methods, recipes and techniques from the last three hundred years. Many of the dishes on our menu have a weight of history behind them and have been passed on down through the generations. From the peasant food of the North West born out of hardship and necessity which gave us dishes like Craibechan, a delicious savory porridge made from pearl Barley and of course the house specialty, BOXTY, which comes from the traditional word bacstai or aran bocht ti meaning 'poor house bread'. Boxty on the griddle, And Boxty on the pan; The wee one in the middle Is for Mary Ann.[ Our goals are to provide and champion our particular brand of food and service in a relaxed and visually striking setting. While we celebrate Irish culture, we try to do so without resorting to Irish cliches, we feel the "Irish-ness" comes from the welcome, the hospitality and the wealth of history contained within our menu. At Holohan's, we aim to work in a transparent and ethical manner, ranging from the treatment of the animals that provide our meat, to sourcing sustainable fish and using seasonal, locally grown fruit and vegetables. Fast becoming known around the world for the quality of our produce, our little Island is becoming known as the larder of Europe, and what better way to demonstrate and celebrate this then using Irish produce to cook Irish food. Holohan's is the perfect place to enjoy this resurgence in Irish cuisine, and more than just food, we aim to give a good night out! We hope to see you soon, Holohan's at the Barge
Reviewed 24 July 2014

It was my first time in Belfast so I wanted to eat in the #1 rated restaurant for lunch, especially since the prices seemed very reasonable.

The staff were fantastic, very friendly and attentive. They recommended the Sea Bass, and it was as tasty a piece of fish as I've had. Simply cooked, full of flavour.

The setting on the barge is lovely.

I finished with a top quality espresso. I'd have no hesitation in recommending Holohan's.

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3  Thank Sean B
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Jane F, Guest Relations Manager at Holohans At The Barge, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2014

Thank you so much for your great review, first time visitors to Belfast are a bit spoiled for choice when it comes to dining out so we are delighted you chose Holohans : )
we look forward to seeing you again on your next visit to Northern Ireland.
Best wishes
HOLOHANS

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Reviewed 23 July 2014 via mobile

Great meal, friendly staff, very nice indeed. Enough said. That was great & thanks!!!
Apparently I have to write 100 characters very nice very nice very nice, that should do it. By the way, the food is lovely!!!

2  Thank Matthew O
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Jane F, Guest Relations Manager at Holohans At The Barge, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2014

Thank you for your charming review : ) I didn't t realise you had to write a minimum word count! you did very well, we look forward to your next visit to us (and we might persuade you to write a bit more) !
best wishes
HOLOHANS

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Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

I loved this place. The menu is small enough to be reassuringly fresh. The staff really welcome you and know the food they are presenting and are able to recommend well educated combinations of food and drink. If I was to visit Belfast for just one night this is where I would go again.

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Jane F, Guest Relations Manager at Holohans At The Barge, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2014

Thank you for your great review, we are always delighted to hear guests will be retuning : )
we look forward to having you back again
Best wishes
HOLOHANS

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Reviewed 20 July 2014

Went to Holohans on the Belfast Barge for lunch, and the staff were really great in giving opinions on the food.

The Irish Stew is alittle unconventional but it is cooked absolutely beautifully. We will definitely going back to try the dinner menu.

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Reviewed 20 July 2014

Small group of us visited for a birthday. Kurt, Roy and the rest of the staff couldn't have been more helpful or welcoming.

The food was great from starters (ham hock terrine was great) through to the mains (steak was lush as was the sea bass either with or without the head and tail).

For dessert we had a sampling of different whiskeys and even some poitin.

Would highly recommend it (though try to book in advance as the venue is compact in terms of seats).

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